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KDHE issues boil advisories for water supply systems in Lyon and Coffey counties

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued boil water advisories for 11 public water supply systems in Lyon and Coffey counties that purchase water from the city of Emporia. KDHE officials issued the advisories because of high turbidity in the city of Emporia’s finished drinking water. High turbidity may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination.

The boil water advisory self-issued by the city of Emporia earlier today remains in effect.

The water systems in Lyon and Coffey counties currently under boil water advisory are as follows: City of Admire, Lyon County; city of Allen, Lyon County; Coffey County Rural Water District 2E; city of Hartford, Lyon County; Lyon County Rural Water District 1; Lyon County Rural Water District 2; Lyon County Rural Water District 3; Lyon County Rural Water District 4; Lyon County Rural Water District 5; city of Olpe, Lyon County; Park Place Communities Management, Lyon County.

The advisory took effect Feb. 26, 2020, and will remain in effect until the conditions that placed the system at risk of bacterial contamination are resolved.

Customers should observe the following precautions until further notice:

  • If your tap water appears dirty, flush the water lines by letting the water run until it clears.
  • Boil water for one minute prior to drinking or food preparation or use bottled water.
  • Dispose of ice cubes and do not use ice from a household automatic icemaker.
  • Disinfect dishes and other food contact surfaces by immersion for at least one minute in clean tap water that contains one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water.
  • Water used for bathing does not generally need to be boiled. Supervision of children is necessary while bathing so that water is not ingested. Persons with cuts or severe rashes may wish to consult their physicians.

Ronald David Lohmeyer, 70, Coffeyville: March 1, 1949 – Sept. 24, 2019

COFFEYVILLE, Kan. – Ronald David “Ron” Lohmeyer, 70, of “beautiful rural Labette County”, Kan., passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019. Ron was born in Emporia, Kan., on March 1, 1949, to Raymond and Bonnie (Gardner) Lohmeyer.

He grew up in Osage City, Kan., where he attended school. He completed his education and became a stone mason.

At the age of 18 he was drafted into the United States Army during the Vietnam War. During his service he was seriously wounded in combat. He returned home but was permanently disabled.

Coffey County jury finds woman guilty of mistreatment, murder of husband

BURLINGTON, Kan. – A Coffey County jury today found Carol Sue Burris, 69, of New Strawn, Kan., guilty of one count of reckless second degree murder and one count of mistreatment of an elder person, the Kansas Attorney General’s Office reported in a press release.

The charges stemmed from the mistreatment and death of Burris’ husband, Michael D. Burris, in New Strawn from April 2016 to October 2017.

Chief Judge Taylor J. Wine presided over the trial, which began April 22. Sentencing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. June 27, 2019, in Coffey County District Court.

Deputy Attorney General Steve Karrer and Coffey County Attorney Wade H. Bowie II are prosecuting the case. The case was investigated by the Coffey County Sheriff’s Office.

I-35 pavement marking project covers Osage, Franklin and Coffey counties

The Kansas Department of Transportation has started a pavement marking project on Interstate 35. The work begins at the I-35 and U.S. Highway 75 junction and continues northeast to Eisenhower Road at Ottawa.

The existing pavement markings are being removed and replaced. Northbound and southbound I-35 traffic will be restricted to one lane with a reduced speed limit at the work zone. Weather permitting, the project should be finished by late July.

KDOT awarded the construction contract of $950,000 to Traffic Control Company, of St. Louis, Mo. For more information, contact Troy Howard at the KDOT office in Garnett, 785-448-5446, or Priscilla Petersen at the Chanute KDOT office, 620-902-6433.

Boil water advisories issued for multiple public water supply systems in Lyon, Coffey counties

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued boil water advisories for 12 public water supply systems in Lyon and Coffey Counties. KDHE officials issued the advisories because of a line break in Emporia, resulting in a loss of pressure. Failure to maintain adequate pressure may result in a loss of chlorine residuals and bacterial contamination.

The boil water advisory issued for the city of Emporia earlier today remains in effect.

The water systems in Lyon and Coffey counties currently under a boil water advisory are as follows: City of Admire, Lyon County, city of Allen, Lyon County, Coffey County Rural Water District 2E, Coffey County, city of Emporia, Lyon County, city of Hartford, Lyon County, Lyon County Rural Water District 1, Lyon County, Lyon County Rural Water District 2, Lyon County, Lyon County Rural Water District 3, Lyon County, Lyon County Rural Water District 4, Lyon County, Lyon County Rural Water District 5, Lyon County, city of Olpe, Lyon County, Park Place Communities Management, Lyon County.

The advisories took effect on July 20, 2017, and will remain in effect until conditions that place the systems at risk of contamination are deemed by KDHE officials to be resolved adequately.

  • Customers should observe the following precautions until further notice:
  • Boil water for one minute prior to drinking or food preparation, or use bottled water.
  • Dispose of ice cubes and do not use ice from a household automatic icemaker.
  • Disinfect dishes and other food contact surfaces by immersion for at least one minute in clean tap water that contains one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water.
  • Water used for bathing does not generally need to be boiled. Supervision of children is necessary while bathing so that water is not ingested. Persons with cuts or severe rashes may wish to consult their physicians.
  • If your tap water appears dirty, flush the water lines by letting the water run until it clears.

Public water suppliers in Kansas take all measures necessary to notify customers quickly after a system failure. Regardless of whether it is the supplier or KDHE that announces a boil water advisory, KDHE will issue the rescind order following testing at a certified laboratory.

Coffey County man used PlayStation to collect child porn

WICHITA, Kan. – A Coffey County man pleaded guilty today to using a PlayStation video game console to obtain child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Kansas.

The office reported that Michael L. Stratton, 30, Burlington, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of receiving child pornography. In his plea, Stratton admitted using a PlayStation 3 to chat about child pornography and trade child pornography.

KBI arrests Coffey County sheriff’s deputy

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Matthew Vander Linden

BURLINGTON, Kan. – An investigation by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation has led to the arrest of Matthew G. Vander Linden, a deputy of the Coffey County Sheriff’s Office.

Vander Linden, 28, was arrested Tuesday afternoon for two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, one count of electronic solicitation, and one count of sexual exploitation of a child. The arrest took place without incident at the Coffey County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation, which began Dec. 20, was initiated at the request of the Coffey County Sheriff’s Office. Vander Linden has been with the sheriff’s office since March 2014. Effective today, his employment at the sheriff’s office was terminated.

According to a press release, the KBI’s investigation is ongoing, and no further information will be released at this time.

Wind farm under construction; oversize loads head to Coffey County through December

The Ad Astra wind farm in southeast Kansas has begun construction and approximately 900 oversize loads will be traveling the routes listed below to locations in Coffey County for construction of the wind farm. The planned completion of the wind farm is the first week of December. Oversize loads will be traveling the below routes through that time.

The first movement of the windmill components for the wind farm began last week. The public should expect for two components to be delivered per day, Monday through Friday. The loads include transport vehicles that range in size to 209 feet in length, 16 feet 7 inches high, 16 feet wide, and 417,000 pounds gross weight.

Approximately 800 oversize loads will be transported from Emporia on Interstate 35 to U.S. 75, then south at Beto Junction to Coffey County’s 24th Road, then east.

Approximately 100 loads will be transported south out of Emporia on state Highway 99 to U.S. Highway 54, then east to U.S. Highway 75, then north to 24th Road, then east.

U.S. 75 road work in Coffey County to start Wednesday at Osage County line

Wednesday, June 24, the Kansas Department of Transportation expects to begin a 17-mile mill and resurfacing project on U.S. Highway 75 from the Osage County line south to Burlington.

The location of the project’s initial phase has changed. Starting at the Osage-Coffey county line and continuing south to Burlington, the contractor will first mill and then place an asphalt overlay on the roadway. Flaggers and a pilot car will direct one-lane traffic through the work zone. Traveler delays of 15 minutes or less can be expected during daylight hours.

In mid-July the project activity is expected to move to U.S. 75 inside the city of Burlington. The contractor will replace the concrete pavement at the intersection of U.S. 75 and Neosho Street.

NWS issues tornado warning for Osage, Coffey, Lyon counties

The National Weather Service in Topeka has issued a tornado warning for southwestern Osage County, northwestern Coffey County, and east central Lyon County until 6 p.m. At 5:34 p.m. a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located near Neosho Rapids and moving northeast at 50 mph. Radar indicated rotation.

Possible impact is flying debris, which will be dangerous to those caught without shelter. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed. Damage to roofs, windows and vehicles will occur. Tree damage is likely. This dangerous storm will be near Reading around 5:50 p.m., and Melvern Lake around 5:55 p.m. This includes Interstate 35 between mile markers 136 and 149.

Coffey County Attorney named as 4th Judicial District judge

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Judge Douglas Witteman

Gov. Sam Brownback announced Sept. 24, 2014, the appointment of Douglas P. Witteman as district judge in the 4th Judicial District of Kansas. Witteman will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Thomas H. Sachse, whose courtroom was in Ottawa. 

Coffey County Lake to host 10th Veterans Memorial Bass Tournament

The 10th annual Kansas Veteran’s Memorial Bass Tournament in memory of fallen Kansas Guard members will take place Saturday, April 26, at Coffey County Lake, south of Wolf Creek Generating Station near Burlington, Kan. on Highway 75.

In her first book, Ottawa author examines grisly, unsolved Coffey County murder

The house where Florence Knoblock was murdered in 1925 still stands in a pasture in Coffey County, Kansas. Photo by Stephan Anderson-Story.

 

An Ottawa author will be speaking about her first book, about a 1925 unsolved Kansas murder, at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 at Lyndon Community Center.

Diana Staresinic-Deane’s book, Shadow on the Hill: The True Story of a 1925 Kansas Murder, is about the slaying of a Coffey County woman, Florence Knoblock, which is said to be the most brutal murder in the history of Coffey County.

Charles ‘Charlie’ Overbaugh, 82, Vassar: June 30, 1938 – Dec. 4, 2020

VASSAR, Kan. – Charles “Charlie” Overbaugh, 82, passed away on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, at the Coffey County Hospital, Burlington, Kan., after a long battle with cancer. He was born June 30, 1938, in Overbrook, Kan., the son of Fred and Beulah Warren Overbaugh.

Charlie lived most of his life in the Vassar, Kan., community. Charlie was raised working alongside his dad at the Overbaugh Garage, in Vassar. He was a talented carpenter and he built and remodeled many homes around the area for more than 40 years. He was a volunteer firefighter, became a captain, and was on the fire department board of the Lyndon-Vassar Fire District No. 5 from 1986 to 2008.

Osage County issues burn ban; county under fire weather watch

Update:  This burn ban expired at 8 a.m. Friday, Nov. 20, 2020.

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Osage County Emergency Management has issued a burn ban for the entire county, as the National Weather Service in Topeka has implemented a fire weather watch in effect this afternoon, Nov. 17, 2020, through Wednesday afternoon for most of northeast Kansas.

Osage County’s burn ban went into effect at 1:20 p.m. today and is in place until 8 a.m. tomorrow, Nov. 18, but may be extended. During the burn ban, no outside burning is allowed and all county burn permits are suspended.

The ban was put in place due to very high fire danger this afternoon. Very high fire danger and a possible red flag warning are forecast for tomorrow.

NWS’s fire weather watch was implemented at 2:32 p.m. today and will be in effect through Wednesday afternoon due to strong winds and critical fuels. The fire weather watch covers Osage, Republic, Washington, Marshall, Nemaha, Brown, Cloud, Clay, Riley, Pottawatomie, Jackson, Jefferson, Ottawa, Dickinson, Geary, Morris, Wabaunsee, Shawnee, Douglas, Lyon, Franklin, Coffey and Anderson counties.

South winds sustained at 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph are forecast for tomorrow, with relative humidity values in the 25 to 35 percent range. Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly. Outdoor burning is not recommended. Most vegetation has transitioned into a dormant state and is extremely susceptible to rapid fire spread.

A fire weather watch means that critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur. Citizens are advised that issuance of red flag warnings is possible Wednesday.

For more information about the burn ban, contact Osage County Emergency Management at 785-828-3323 or the Osage County Sheriff’s Office at 785-828-3121.

Cassady joins RCIL as youth transition specialist

OSAGE CITY – Resource Center for Independent Living Inc. has announced Myra Cassady has been employed as a youth transition specialist. She will be based out of the RCIL Emporia office and will be providing youth transition services to assist youth with disabilities ages 14 to 24 as they transition into adulthood.

Myra Cassady

“My vision for the youth transition program is to create a strong community,” Cassady said. “A community that offers support and resources for teens and young adults as they pursue their goals and dreams.”

Cassady has lived in Emporia since 2017 and she considers herself a proud Emporia resident. She will be an Emporia State University graduate in May 2021 with a Recreation major and two minors in Business and Marketing. She is passionate about her community and working with youth. She has spent time as a volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Flint Hills Inc. and ESU Special Athletics.

Osage County Jail Log, Oct. 20 – Oct. 24, 2020

The following individuals were booked into the Osage County Jail in connection with charges or warrants as listed by the arresting agency.

Arlo ‘Leon’ Payne, 76, New Strawn: Dec. 30, 1943 – Sept. 30, 2020

NEW STRAWN, Kan. – Arlo “Leon” Payne, age 76, of New Strawn, Kan., passed away Wednesday morning, Sept. 30, 2020, at St. Francis Hospital, Topeka, Kan. Leon was born in Larned, Kan., on Dec. 30, 1943, to Amy (Newell) Payne and John Howard Payne.

He graduated from Wichita High School South in 1963. He married his high school sweetheart, Lola Kathleen “Kathy” Lemon, on Feb. 14, 1964. They had three sons.

Cynthia Jane Roller, 73, Hartford: Aug. 8, 1947 – Sept. 25, 2020

HARTFORD, Kan. – Cynthia Jane Roller, 73, passed away Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, at Stormont-Vail Hospital, Topeka, Kan. She was born Aug. 8, 1947, in Topeka, the daughter of David C. and Kathryn Smith Chesler.

Cynthia’s father served in the military, which caused her family to move throughout Kansas, Arkansas and Missouri during her childhood. Cynthia attended Bible college in Missouri, and would eventually become an ordained minister in the Christian Church.

She was joined in marriage to Robert G. Roller, July 18, 2001, in Osage City, Kan.

Osage County Jail Log, Sept. 13 – Sept. 19, 2020

The following individuals were booked into the Osage County Jail in connection with charges or warrants as listed by the arresting agency.

Darleen E. Trimble, 88, Gridley: Feb. 13, 1932 – July 23, 2020

GRIDLEY, Kan. – Darleen Evelyn Trimble, of Gridley, Kan., died Thursday, July 23, 2020, at Coffey County Hospital, Burlington, Kan. She was 88. Darleen was born Feb. 13, 1932, in Morganville, Clay County, Kansas, to Cecil and Muriel (Worley) Sump.

Darleen’s husband of 70 years, Ival Trimble, passed away recently on June 20, 2020.

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